Music Network performance at the Roscommon Arts Centre

Photograph by Eamon Ward

Photograph by Eamon Ward

Séamus McGuire, Niamh Varian-Barry and Gerry O’Beirne will perform at Roscommon Arts Centre on Wednesday, February 16 at 8pm, in a compelling new Music Network collaboration featuring the unique and beautiful sound of violas in traditional music.

Curiosity, virtuosity and a deep understanding of the Irish tradition are just some of the things that unite this trio of fine musicians. A new musical force to be reckoned with, their performances on this Music Network tour will explore traditional grooves, great melody and the beautiful sonority of violas in traditional music.

Niamh is a fiddle and viola player, composer, and former lead singer with Solas. A founding member of the Irish Memory Orchestra, she is one of the select few who can cross easily between classical and folk.

Likewise with Séamus Maguire, who brings all the richness of the viola to his traditional tunes and his sumptuous compositions for the West Ocean String Quartet and the band Buttons and Bows. The go-to guitarist of choice for so many musicians, Gerry O’Beirne brings to the trio his massive breadth of expertise in so many genres and a glorious voice to boot.

Arts Centre audiences can look forward to hearing captivating arrangements of songs and instrumentals and a brand new Music Network commission by these wonderful musicians.

Tickets are priced at €18/16 and are available now from box office on 09066 25824 and from

Roscommon Arts Centre and Music Generation celebrate young singing enthusiasts

Sunday Sounds is a new collaboration between Roscommon Arts Centre and Music Generation Roscommon for 2022, designed to give young performers the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience.

These bi-monthly concerts will include singing and music performances from music generation students throughout the county.

Beginning with young singers, they are designed to be informal, family friendly and will provide a new performance outlet locally, outside of competition and pub settings.

Tickets are priced at just €5 each, with the first Sunday Sounds gig planned for 2.30pm on Sunday, February 20.

Tickets are available to buy online at: or from box office on 0906 625824.


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